Abu Dhabi Global Market announces fintech innovation center and partnership with Plug and Play

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, announced two initiatives at the FinTech Abu Dhabi 2017, a two-day summit hosted by ADGM.

The two fintech initiatives aim to support greater financial innovation, cultivate fintech talents, foster closer industry collaboration and facilitate more cross-border investment opportunities to bolster the development and growth of financial services in Abu Dhabi and the region.

Fintech Abu Dhabi Summit, which is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, took place on the 22nd and 23rd of October, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar in Abu Dhabi, with participation from 500 global fintech leaders, innovators, financial regulators, decision-makers and industry trend-setters.

The new announced fintech Initiatives are :

(i) ADGM FinTech Innovation Centre by first half of 2018

ADGM will launch the Innovation Centre, a physical hub where fintech communities can come together to foster an interactive, collaborative and vibrant ecosystem for innovation to take root in Abu Dhabi and the region. It will include a coworking space for fintech startups to meet with financial institutions, investors and potential partners, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for networking and events.  

At its core, the Innovation Centre will feature a startup acceleration programme (see below) to attract and nurture fintech entrepreneurs and companies from all over the world to develop and deploy innovative solutions in the region.  

The Centre will also be home to participants of the Regulatory Laboratory (RegLab), ADGM’s regulatory sandbox that allow companies to live-test innovative Fintech products in collaboration with the regulator.  

ADGM FinTech Innovation Centre welcomes startups focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, DLTs, Biometrics, E-Payments, RegTech and more that shape and transform financial services in the years to come.

(ii) Global Startup Accelerator Partnership between ADGM and Plug and Play

ADGM and Plug and Play, the world’s largest startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, signed a new partnership to launch a startup acceleration programme in Abu Dhabi, focused on fintech. Some of Plug and Play’s success stories include Google, Paypal, Dropbox, Lending Club and other.

The program will be housed within the ADGM FinTech Innovation Centre. Through the program, ADGM will play a central bridging role of working with partner banks and financial institutions to identify the pipeline of strategic needs and challenges of the financial sector in the region, source for the most promising solutions from global innovators, and assure the deployment of the solutions with participating financial, technological and academic institutions.  

As the regulator, ADGM will be a key participant in the ecosystem to introduce or update appropriate regulations and rules to support technology adoption by the financial industry and achieve better regulatory outcomes across the sector.

H.E Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman, of ADGM, said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Plug and Play to establish the first-of-its-kind global acceleration program to support the ADGM FinTech Innovation Centre. As a fintech Hub, ADGM will continue to actively engage the industry, keep abreast of regulatory developments, innovate, increase talent pool and introduce more and appropriate support to augment the fintech structure and ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and for the region.”

The by-invitation only FinTech Abu Dhabi event attracted more than 3,000 interests, with 500 delegates invited to attend the Summit and networking reception.

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